Military Handouts and Financial Aid in Africa
George W. Bush recently stated that America “demands clear results for the billions of taxpayer dollars it sends to Africa” and that recipients shouldÂ ”set clear goals and achieve measurable results.”
This is ironic on several levels.Â For years the neoconservatives at the highest level of the imperial class have all criticized the need for metrics and “objective results” in measuring the progress, or lack thereof, in Iraq and Afghanistan.Â
Another reason this is confusing is that neither Bush nor the Western envoys are willing to point the blame on themselves for compounding this quagmire.Â Over 80% of all taxpayer-financedÂ aid that has been sent to Africa has made its way intoÂ private Swiss bank accounts ofÂ more than a dozen dictators.Â This amounted to roughly $150 billion in 2005.Â (see: Where does most of that money go?)
However arguably the most blaise statement was thatÂ Bush declared that the “age of paternalism” was over for Africa — that its nation-statesÂ would have to grow up onÂ theirÂ own.
This is ironic because after pooring billions of dollars in military aid to support various puppet states, last October, the Pentagon errected a brand new central command for the whole of Africa (minus Egypt).
If politicians were consistent about caring for taxpayer investments they would simply give the money back to the taxpayer and stop funding nepotistic kleptocracies altogether.Â After all,Â even after being coerced into financing public aidÂ projects, American-based private individuals and charities still manage to donateÂ more than three times that of what the US government doesÂ –Â $95 billion in 2005 alone.
Thus, among other places,Â walking the walk may have prevented the unnecessary deaths of 19 soldiers fifteen years ago in Mogadishu.